Few, if any, parents ever said “I want my child not to succeed.” However, New York Times best-selling author Jessica Lahey thinks parents these days are too afraid to let their kids fail at even smallest of tasks. But they may be getting the message.
Lahey’s latest book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed is a national best-seller with its premise that we help our kids develop more resourcefulness, skills and confidence by not constantly running to their rescue and protecting them from adversity and consequences.
Lahey discusses her Gift of Failure on the latest episode of The Modern Dads Podcast. The podcast also features L.A. Dads Group member, City Dads Group columnisy and The Parents’ Phrase Book author Whit Honea talking about good and bad value of homework. (For Whit, it’s mostly bad — but listen anyway to his take.)
Lahey is a teacher, writer and a mother of two. She writes about education, parenting and child welfare issues for many publications and news outlets such as The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, The Washington Post and the New York Times.
She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts and a law degree with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons and teaches high school English at a drug and alcohol rehab for adolescents.
Her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, will be released in 2020.